Honey Spiced Lentils and Rice Recipe

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    It’s always great to have this rice and lentil dish on hand in the fridge. I often make a big batch of this each Monday and serve it at least a couple times a week with dinner

    It’s the perfect thing to go under a stew or anything saucy — or along side almost any vegetables, chicken, or meat.   And if I make a quick soup, I throw some in there, too!  And yes, it’s also delicious on its own.

    I’m happy to say my picky 6-year old eater included, everyone in the house likes this!

    Honey Spiced Lentils and Rice Recipe

    It’s always great to have this rice and lentil dish on hand in the fridge. I often make a big batch of this each Monday and serve it at least a couple times a week with…

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    Servings: 6

    Ingredients:

    • Olive oil: drizzle, to taste
    • Green lentils, rinsed: 1/2 cup
    • Jasmine rice, rinsed: 1 cup
    • Vegetable stock or broth: 3 cups
    • Turmeric: 2 teaspoons
    • Cinnamon: 1/2 teaspoon
    • Honey: 2 teaspoons
    • Salt and pepper: to taste

    Directions:

    Step 1: In a medium sauce pan, over medium-low heat, add the lentils to enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. 

    Step 2: Gently saute for about 5 minutes, stirring every minute or so. 

    Step 3: Add the rice, stock or broth and spices. Turn the heat to high and bring to a boil.  Immediately reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer until all the liquid is absorbed and the rice is soft, about 20 minutes. 

    Step 4: Add the honey and season to taste with salt and pepper.

    Some additional notes:

    The lentils here add texture because they will remain a bit crunchy (like a soft nut).  If you prefer them softer, cook them separately to the desired texture and then add them to the rice.  

    To make the rice on its own, use 1 cup less liquid.
     

    Image: Getty/ALLEKO